One of the most talked about hiking destinations in Los Angeles county is the infamous Bridge to Nowhere, in part because it is a great wilderness experience, and in part, because the hike leads to an abandoned bridge that is still intact after eighty years. Invariably, however, any discussion of the hike either begins with, or ends with the fact that one can jump off of the bridge with Bungee America, who has held a license to conduct jumps since 1993. As with any extreme sport, there are two types of people; in this case people who would jump off a bridge; and people who would not. If you’re the latter type of person, this experience is not for you; but the hike – and the opportunity to watch people risk life and limb remains an excellent experience. As for me, I am the type of person who would jump off a bridge, so I set out to find out what the experience was like with Bungee America.
For the majority of the United States and the world, Los Angeles is many things, including an urban mecca. And even though it may not seem like it, Los Angeles is also a hiking mecca as well. Like most of Southern California, Los Angeles has a variety of terrain types ranging from beach, to alpine, to desert, and almost everything in between. Although there are many great hikes in the city of Los Angeles, and the greater Los Angeles area, there is only one hike that leads to an abandoned bridge in the middle of the San Gabriel Mountains. Over the last twenty years, this hike has become known as “the Bridge to Nowhere” hike, and is perhaps one of the most popular hikes in the city, if not the most popular.